BBC doctor warns over 'red flag' Covid symptom after NHS 'call 999' warning

A BBC doctor has issued a warning over "red flag" Covid symptoms after the NHS issued a "call 999" warning. Dr. Xand van Tulleken warned BBC Morning Live about "red flag" symptoms and signs of coronavirus as a Covid summer wave continues.

He warned: "There is a lot going around and let me deal with the Covid stuff first of all because I think it still has a troubling memory for a lot of people. It is wildly different now to the point where even the vaccine programme has been scaled back enormously by the government."

"There is a new group of variants going around, they are being intensively studied and monitored. The truth is the health agency is monitoring it and keeping an eye on it. But there has been a very tiny uptick in hospital admissions. But largely we have this, kind of, almost all of us have some sort of immunity."

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He added: "Largely Covid is not going to cause significant problems for a huge number of people." He went on: "A cough is such a difficult symptom because everyone has had it. We all clear our throats all the time, we've all had coughs and colds that go away very routinely.

"And yet often in telly dramas and movies, a cough is seen as a precursor to something sinister, and so it can be a symptom that people worry about but don't really feel that they are entitled to go to the GP." He warned red flag signs include chest pain and difficulty breathing.

Coughing up blood and a swollen and painful neck are also signs. The NHS warns: "Call 999 or go to A&E if you or a child seems very unwell, is getting worse or you think there's something seriously wrong – children and babies in particular can get unwell very quickly, get sudden chest pain. are so breathless you're unable to say short sentences when resting or your breathing has suddenly got worse – in babies their stomach may suck in under their ribs. start coughing up blood, collapse, faint, or have a seizure or fit for the first time or a rash that does not fade when you roll a glass over it, the same as meningitis."